The UAE ranked first in the Arab world and 12 globally among the most competitive countries in the 2019 Digital Competitiveness Index issued by the International Competitiveness Center of the International Institute for Administrative Development in Lausanne, Switzerland, one of the most specialized colleges in the world in this field.

In the 2019 report, the UAE advanced five places from the previous year's ranking, ranking 12th globally and first in the Arab world. In this year's report, the UAE has also progressed to achieve the first place in the Arab world in all three main axes of the report, namely the "technology" axis, in which the country achieved the second place globally, advanced by five ranks from the previous year, and the ninth globally in the "readiness for the future" axis, which was ranked 12 Last year, it climbed one place in the "knowledge" axis to achieve first place in the Arab world and 35 globally.

Hamad bin Obaid Al Mansoori, Director General of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), praised the UAE's performance in this year's report and its achievement in achieving global advanced rankings in this strategic sector.He said: `` The UAE's progress in the Digital Competitiveness Index 2019 is a new global certificate added to the record. The United Arab Emirates and its institutions, which are full of achievements and work in a team spirit, I would like to thank our partners in government and local authorities and the private sector for their efforts and concerted efforts to enhance the competitiveness of the country and its progress in all indicators and reports. The Mieh. "

The analysis prepared by the Competitiveness Strategy Team at the Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority for the axes and sub-indicators of this report showed that the UAE achieved outstanding performance in a large number of key indicators and sub-indicators. In the “Knowledge” axis, which tracks the performance of the country by measuring three key indicators - “skills”, “training and education” and “scientific focus” - the country ranked first globally in the “availability of international expertise” and second globally in the “city management” index. It is ranked third globally in the International Student Flow Index, fourth globally in the Employee Training Index and fifth globally in the Skilled Foreign Proficiency Index.

The “Technology” axis monitors technological progress in countries through three main indicators: “regulatory framework”, “capital” and “technical framework”. It is worth mentioning that the UAE has achieved advanced positions globally in terms of these indicators, ranking first, second and fifth globally in the three main indicators. At the level of sub-indices, the UAE ranked first globally in both the “Residence Laws” and “Wireless Broadband” indicators, and the third in the “Development and Application of Technology”, “Financial and Banking Services” and “Venture Capital”. "And fourth in the world in the" Financing Technological Development "index.

The third and final axis, "Readiness for the Future", monitors the readiness of countries for changes in different sectors and the role of technology in dealing with them, by measuring three key indicators are "appropriate behavior", "business resilience" and "IT integration". In this axis, the UAE ranked first globally in four sub-indices: "Corporate Resilience", "Use of Big Data and Analytical Instruments", "Public-Private Partnership" and "Opportunities and Challenges". Cyberspace and the third place globally in both the “knowledge transfer” and “openness to globalization” index.

Al Mansouri highlighted the vital role played by the federal and local government institutions and the private sector to achieve the vision, aspirations and objectives set by the wise leadership in the process of continuous improvement and improvement of technological infrastructure, support training initiatives and development of national skills in the field of information technology and encourage research and development in the field of communication, information technology and science. Developed.

He also stressed the task of the Executive Teams of Competitiveness Indicators, which consist of representatives of a group of federal and local government institutions responsible for enhancing the country's position in economic and social indicators in general, and the Digital Competitiveness Index in particular, as this indicator reflects the progress in digital and electronic transformations represented in Artificial intelligence and big data projects to support and develop smart government services and build smart cities.

“No two disagrees on the fact that technology today is the cornerstone of the economic and social development strategies and plans adopted by the world's advanced economies. Innovation is the secret of success and cooperation among individuals and federal and local government agencies in devising solutions, and foreseeing the future plays a catalytic and accelerating role. Innovation and thus upgrading the state and society. "

The Global Digital Competitiveness Index was added in the 2017 Global Competitiveness Yearbook report, with the ranking based on 50 sub-indices grouped into nine indicators that form three main themes: knowledge, technology and readiness for the future. The Global Competitiveness Yearbook report is an important global reference for many other international institutions that rely on this report to conduct their studies and publish their reports, and many academic institutions consider it an important measure to identify international best practices.